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The best of Creative Something 2018

Back in 2009 I started a tradition with this blog: at the end of each year I would look back through the posts for that year and find the ones that got the most attention—likes, comments, shares, and so on. I’d round-up the top posts and share them as a “best of” to help spark that creative fire in myself in preparation for the next year.

My hope is that by sharing these top posts, you too will be able to find some inspiration or motivation to bring more creativity into your life in the new year.

This year I continue the tradition, celebrating 10 years completed of writing here! Here are the top posts of Creative Something for 2018!

  1. Your perception of time influences your creativity

  2. Creativity isn’t something you become

  3. Your own personal creativity

  4. Why pursue creative ideas, even when you’re bound to be wrong

  5. Ideas are for sharing, not sheltering

  6. Why starting helps get us unstuck

  7. Why we so often look to art for creative inspiration

As always, you can see all posts from the blog in the archive page. Or explore best of posts from past years.



The Best of Creative Something 2017

2017 is almost done, and this January 1st will mark the ten year anniversary of Creative Something!

Another year of inspiration and creative ideas. That means that for ten years I've been blogging here about everything related to creativity, inspiration, ideas, and innovation. I'm excited to see what the next ten years brings! But before that: here's a look back at the top articles from the past year.

  1. Destroy your work in order to fully explore it
  2. Your creativity is limited to what you know
  3. It's not enough to have ideas, you have to learn how to bridge them too
  4. Five books you should read to learn more about creativity
  5. If you do nothing, nothing happens
  6. A creative life means opening a lot of small doors
  7. What to do when there's no time for creativity


The best of Creative Something 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it marks a full nine years of writing on this blog.

Things have changed over the years and, as a result, 2017 is going to bring some changes to Creative Something. Some big, some small, but chnage is coming. Before then, I wanted to take some time (as I do every year) to share the top posts for the year, sorted by popularity based on how many people viewed each post over the past year.

1. How jumping between projects provokes creativity

2. How to build a life of inspiration in four easy steps

3. What does creativity mean, really?

4. Where exactly does creativity exist within the brain?

5. The importance of getting ideas out of your head

6. Less is more in creative work, but consistency is key

7. The surprising truth about making ideas happen

So there you have it!

Hope to see you in the new year! As always, you can explore past year’s best posts right here.

Thanks for reading.



The Best of Creative Something in 2015

For nearly a full decade I’ve been exploring what it means to be creative, how creativity works in the mind, and how creativity can influence the world. I’m thankful to have so many of you along for the ride.

Today, at the end of 2015, I’m excited to say that Creative Something will continue to preserve my exploration into the creative mind and artistic self. If you’re just joining us on this journey now, welcome!

As I do every year, here are the top posts for the year, sorted by popularity based on how many people viewed each post.

1. To be creative is to decisively use these six things

2. The one thing I wish someone had told me about creative ability

3. How good ideas are formed

4. Creating the ideal cognitive conditions for creativity

5. Creating the ideal cognitive conditions for creativity

6. Why organize your ideas, and how to do it

7. Why we doodle, journal, and sometimes think out loud

8. Small steps toward energizing your creativity

So there you have it!

I look forward to writing more here in the coming weeks, and hope you’ll be here to join me. As always, you can explore past year’s best posts right here.

Thanks for reading.



The Best of Creative Something 2014

On January 1, 2008 I started this blog in hopes of answering the question: What does it mean to be creative?

As I learned of the complexity of creative thinking and the different ways it can be experienced, explored, and captured, I began to reform my pursuit into less about what creativity is and more of how we can utilize it more in our lives. Being creative isn’t about being more artistic, it’s about solving problems, expanding our potential, and doing more with our ideas in order to influence the world around us.

Today, as 2014 draws to a close, I’m excited that my journey through what it means to be creative and how we can utilize that knowledge continues. If you’ve been here since the beginning: thank you! If you’re just joining us now, welcome!

As I do every year, here are the top posts for the year, sorted by popularity based on how many people viewed each post.

1. The Challenge with Teaching Creativity

When your expectations involve creativity, the task of training or optimizing for it becomes difficult, if not entirely impossible. How do you measure what’s truly creative when there are expectations set? How can anyone value whether something is creative or not if creative ideas exist, by nature, outside of expectations?

2. What Causes Creativity?

Creativity requires a delicate balance of primarily these eight things. If you’re not feeling particularly creative, evaluate which of these might be off balance for you.

3. How to Be Creative On the Spot

Ideas are then not singular objects in the mind, they are the result of many different stimulus, combined to form a representation of a singular thing (or instance, or experience).With this understanding we can look at creativity as often the result of changing one or more aspects of what shapes an idea.

4. Three Ways to Develop Your Creative Expertise

Creativity may be wildly complex to describe, but when we look over the past few decades of research and historical examples of it at work, some surprisingly powerful insights popup.One such area: creative development.

5. Busy Means You’re Not Focused

Being overwhelmed by how busy you are doesn’t mean you’re actually creating or doing the work. Busy simply means you’re unfocused on what you should be doing, so you feel busy.To the creative worker, busy is a familiar feeling. There’s never not enough to do or explore.

6. Can Prescription or Over the Counter Drugs Improve Creativity?

It’s true what you may have heard: some drugs do help creative capabilities.Yet, it must be mentioned that continuing research indicates that many drugs do more creative damage than good. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs designed to combat anxiety are prime examples of this notion in action.

So there you have it!

I look forward to writing more here in the coming weeks, and hope you’ll be here to join me.

As always, you can explore past year’s best posts right here.

Thanks for reading.